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Introduction to Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics

¹ Video Tip For our brief video introduction to the transportation, supply chain and logistics industry, see   Transportation is one of the world’s largest industries.
    Its sectors range from taxis to trucks, airplanes, trains, courier services, ships, barges, warehouses and logistics services. In total, during 2013, core transportation revenues in the U.S.
    were $950.6 billion according to Plunkett Research estimates.
    Worldwide, these revenues were approximately $4.5 trillion.
    This includes air, rail, water, pipeline, courier and warehousing segments.
    (If you look at transportation in the broadest possible terms, the U.S.
    transportation industry, in both for-hire and not-for-hire sectors, including support and repair, generated revenues of about $2 trillion for 2013, according to Plunkett Research estimates.) At about 6% of economic activity, transportation’s core activities add up to a remarkably efficient industry, considering the fact that it is a vital service to every other sector of the economy.
    In fact, thanks to increasing use of advanced information systems and such strategies as intermodal containers (sending freight via containers that are easily transferred from ship to rail car to truck as needed, without repacking), the transportation industry’s productivity is excellent. Financial results at global shipping giants FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS) are good indicators of the health of transportation revenues in general.
    FedEx, which provides a wide variety of freight and package delivery services in 220 nations worldwide, delivers some 9


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  • -AMERCO (U-Haul)

  • -AB Volvo

  • -Go-Ahead Group plc (The)

  • -Japan Airlines Co., Ltd

  • -Aer Lingus Group plc

  • -Aeroflot Russian Airlines JSC

  • -Air Canada

  • -Air China

  • -Air New Zealand Ltd

  • -Air Partner plc

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Industry Statistics

  • U.S. Transportation & Warehousing Industry Revenues: 2011-2014
  • U.S. Transportation & Warehousing Industry Expenses: 2010-2013
  • Top 50 Countries Providing U.S. Imports: 2007-2014
  • Top 50 Countries Receiving U.S. Exports: 2007-2014
  • Top 30 U.S. Customs Districts by Waterborne Foreign Trade: 2011-2013
  • Top 30 U.S. Customs Districts by Waterborne Foreign Import: 2011-2013
  • Top 30 U.S. Customs Districts by Waterborne Foreign Export: 2011-2013
  • U.S. Surface Trade with Canada: 1993-2014
  • U.S. Surface Trade with Mexico: 1993-2014
  • Truck Transportation Industry, U.S.: Breakdown of Revenue: 2009-2013
  • Truck Transportation Industry, U.S.: Estimated Truck Inventories: 2010-2013
  • Highway Vehicle Miles Traveled, U.S., Monthly: January 1990-May 2014
  • Retail On-Highway Diesel vs. Regular Gasoline Prices, U.S.: January 1995-March 2015
  • Top 10 U.S. Airlines & Airports Ranked by 2014 System Scheduled Enplanements
  • Quarterly System Operating Profit & Loss Margin for U.S. Airlines: 3rd Quarter 2013-3rd Quarter 2014
  • Annual U.S. Domestic Average Itinerary Air Fare: 1995-2014
  • Air Cargo Revenue Ton Miles, U.S. Commercial Air Carriers: 2000-2034
  • U.S. Aviation Industry Average Annual Percentage Growth Forecasts by World Region: 2013-2034
  • Total Scheduled U.S. International Passenger Traffic, U.S. Commercial Air Carriers: 2000-2034
  • Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, U.S.: 12 Months Ended December 2014 and December 2013
  • Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, U.S.: 1996-2014
  • U.S. Airline Revenue Passenger Enplanements: January 1996-December 2014
  • U.S. Airline Passenger Activity: 2000-2034
  • Domestic Airline Jet Fuel Prices, U.S.: January 1986-December 2014
  • Rail Freight Revenue Ton Miles, U.S.: 1990-2014
  • Amtrak Ridership: January 1991-November 2014
  • Rail Passenger Capacity Utilization, U.S.: 2003-2014
  • Transportation Services Index, U.S.: January 2000-December 2014
  • Percent Change in the U.S. Transportation Services Index (TSI) from Year-to-Year: 2006-2015
  • Personal Transportation Expenditures, U.S.: 2006-2013
  • Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Transportation, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2013-2015
  • Transportation Industry Employment by Business Type, U.S.: 2009-2014

Top Companies Profiled

The following is a partial listing for this industry. As a subscriber, you will have access to the leading companies and top growth companies. This includes publicly-held, private, subsidiary and joint venture companies, on a global basis as well as in the U.S.

  • AMERCO (U-Haul)
  • AB Volvo
  • Go-Ahead Group plc (The)
  • Japan Airlines Co., Ltd
  • Aer Lingus Group plc
  • Aeroflot Russian Airlines JSC
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand Ltd
  • Air Partner plc

Industry Trends Analyzed Include:

  • 3PL Supply Chain Management Evolves to Serve the Global Market
  • FedEx, UPS & DHL Compete for Global Market Share
  • Trucking Companies and LTL Freight Rebound/Intermodal Shipments Rise
  • Freight Railway Revenues and Investment in Infrastructure Soar
  • China Makes Huge Rail, Road & Airport Upgrades
  • High-Speed Passenger Trains, Including Maglev, Advance in China and Europe
  • U.S. Passenger Train Projects Receive Funding, including Amtrak and Light Rail
  • Ships Get Bigger and Global Ports Expand
  • Panama Canal Expansion Boosts Capacity by 2015
  • Discount Airlines Compete with Legacy Airlines, but the Differences Are Beginning to Blur
  • Major Airlines Change Strategy, Charge Fees and Boost Profits
  • Boeing and Airbus Enjoy Boom in Orders/Major Aircraft Market in China
  • New Aircraft Designs Offer Greater Passenger Comfort/More Efficient Engines
  • Air Traffic Grows/Airports in Middle East and Asia Have Strong Traffic
  • ADS-B Improves Air Traffic Control
  • New Technologies Show Promise for Port and Airport Security
  • RFID Drives Inventory Management Evolution
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software Combines with Wireless
  • Wireless Information Systems Surge Ahead in Vehicles: Telematics, ITS and Real Time Traffic Information
  • GPS and Location Based Services (LBS) Enhance Cellphone Subscriptions
  • India’s Transportation Infrastructure Needs Billions of Dollars in Construction
  • Toll Roads Solve Highway Needs in the U.S., Australia, the UK and Elsewhere
  • Car Sharing Programs and Mobility Services Proliferate
  • Bicycle Sharing Grows in Major Cities, But Financial Outlook Is Poor
  • Global Infrastructure Investment Needs Top $50 Trillion through 2030, Offering Vast Opportunity to Engineers and Developers
  • Fewer Miles Driven in the U.S. as Young People Use Bikes, Light Rail or Car Share

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